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Sports briefs: Sept. 12

College football

Oklahoma No.-1 ranked team in AP poll for 100th time

For the 100th time, Oklahoma is No. 1. The Sooners reached a milestone in the history of The Associated Press college football poll without even playing. Oklahoma became the first team to hold the top ranking 100 times since the poll began 1936.

The Sooners will bring that No. 1 ranking into one of the biggest non-conference games of the season when they face No. 5 Florida State in Tallahassee on Saturday. Oklahoma received 32 first-place votes and 1,441 points from the media panel.

Alabama reclaimed the No. 2 spot after a 27-11 victory at Penn State, flip-flopping with No. 3 LSU. Last week, the Tigers jumped the Crimson Tide. Boise State is No. 4. Alabama received nine-first-place votes, LSU had 17 and Boise State had two.

Defending national champion Auburn moved back into the rankings at No. 21 after one of the wildest wins from one of the wildest days in college football in recent memory. The Tigers needed a last-second goal line stand to beat Mississippi State 41-34, a week after scoring two touchdowns in the final two minutes to defeat Utah State. Auburn has the nation's longest winning streak at 17 games.

UK sports

Women's soccer remains undefeated

Freshman Molly Huber and junior captain Natalie Horner both scored goals in the Kentucky women's soccer team's 2-0 defeat of Southeast Missouri in the championship match of the Tropical Smoothie Invitational Sunday at the UK Soccer Complex.

"I remember going into the box and saying that I had to make my run there," Huber said of scoring what proved to be the game-winner in the 65th minute. "We were just talking about making our runs; I just made one there and kind of 'ninja-kicked' it in."

■ After a scoreless first half, the No. 15 Kentucky men's soccer team got two goals from Sam Brooks and Tyler Riggs, but No. 13 Cal scored the go-ahead goal in the 72nd minute to give the host Bears a 3-2 victory.

Golf

Britain & Ireland win Walker Cup

Britain & Ireland regained the Walker Cup from the United States for the first time since 2003 on Sunday, holding off the Americans in the afternoon singles for a 14-12 victory in Aberdeen, Scotland. The hosts needed 131/2 points to win the title and took an insurmountable lead after 17-year-old Welshman Rhys Pugh won his singles match against U.S. Amateur champion Kelly Kraft 2 and 1 and Steven Brown halved with Blayne Barber.

■ Top-ranked Yani Tseng successfully defended her title in the LPGA Tour's NW Arkansas Championship on Sunday in Rogers, Ark., beating Amy Yang with a 4-foot birdie putt on the first hole of a playoff. Yang missed a 6-foot birdie try before Tseng holed the winning putt on the par-5 18th.

Simon Dyson won the KLM Open for the third time in six years, shooting a 4-under 66 on Sunday in the Netherlands for a one-stroke victory over countryman David Lynn. Dyson, two shots behind leaders Gary Orr and James Kingston entering the round, birdied four of the last seven holes to finish at 12-under 268. Lynn closed with a 68.

Sydnee Michaels won the LPGA Futures Tour's season-ending Tour Championship in Albany, N.Y., to finish fourth on the money list and earn a 2012 LPGA Tour card. The top 10 players on the money earned LPGA Tour cards. Kathleen Ekey, a two-time winner this season, topped the list with $66,412.

Track and field

Jamaica's Blake sets meet record in 100

World champion Yohan Blake equaled his personal best of 9.82 seconds in the 100 meters to set a meet record Sunday in Berlin, while Americans won gold in the 100 hurdles, shot put and high jump at the ISTAF event. The 21-year-old Jamaican comfortably beat Kim Collins, who finished in 10.01.

Dawn Harper led a U.S. sweep of the 100 hurdles in 12.68 seconds, ahead of Kellie Wells and Yvette Lewis. American Ryan Whiting set a meet record of 70 feet, 10¾ inches to win the shot put, with teammate Reese Hoffa, a Louisville native, second at 70-¼. Jesse Williams of the U.S. won the high jump by reaching 7-7¾.

Alexandr Menkov of Russia won the long jump with 26-9, ahead of former Kentucky standout Dwight Phillips at 26-5.

Horse racing

Betterthancheddar takes Cane Pace

Betterthancheddar rallied to win the Cane Pace, beating Townslight Hanover by a neck at Pocono Downs on Saturday night in the first jewel of pacing's triple crown. Driven by Yannick Gingras, Betterthancheddar paced a mile in 1:49.2 in the $342,875 race for his fifth victory in 11 starts this year.

Compliance Officer extended his winning streak to four with a decisive victory Sunday in the $100,000 Ashley T. Cole Stakes for New York breds on the turf at Belmont Park. The 5-year-old gelding, ridden by Alex Solis and trained by Bruce Brown, pulled away to a 3½ -length win over Pocket Cowboys as the 9-5 favorite.

The last word

NASCAR driver Brad Keselowski said he's thrilled to be getting ready to make his first appearance in the Sprint Cup's Chase:

"I'm viewing it like a 1-year-old that got his first box of crayons — happy and amazed to have them. And it's great. Everything is fresh, new, and a lot of positive momentum."

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